Transition at The Elmgreen School
Working with families is central to everything we do at The Elmgreen School. We look for opportunities to maximise the involvement of families in the way that we report on progress, plan our curriculum, develop enrichment activities and offer family learning opportunities. We encourage families to come and see what every day is like in The Elmgreen School through regular ‘Tea, Tour and Toast’ mornings where senior staff in the school take families on a tour of lessons. Some parents and carers support learning through volunteering to read once a week with Year 7 or 8 students; others help us organise deeper learning experiences through supporting school productions or running activities such as Gardening club.
In addition to regular contact about their child’s development and progress, families can influence and support the development of the school in a variety of ways, especially through sharing their experiences and ideas at our termly Parents’ and Carers’ Forum or joining one of our working parties on issues such as helping Year 6/7 transition and ensuring achievement for all students. Joining the Parent Promoters’ Foundation (PPF) and getting involved in their activities is another key way that families are at the heart of The Elmgreen School.
We invest a huge amount of time to ensuring that your child has a smooth transition to secondary school. Once they have been allocated a place with us, we work on the principle of finding out as much about your child as possible before they start with us so that when they do start we know them well. This will allow us to plan an outstanding education for your child.
Every child who is given a place with us will have their Year 6 class teacher visited or contacted prior to joining The Elmgreen School. They will tell us key assessment information as well as the strengths of your child, their interests and what motivates them. We use this information to then put children into their tutor groups.
There is also an information evening for all Year 6 Parents in June to give them key information about their child starting in September. Students and families will have the opportunity to meet their tutor and fellow tutees for the first time.
Many children will have already visited us in their Year 4 or 5 due to our work with local primary schools, but all Year 6 students who are allocated a place at the school attend for a ‘Taster Day’. This taster day gives students an opportunity to follow a day with their new tutor group, meet new friends and, most importantly, meet some of the teachers who they will be spending the next 5 years with.
Summer School and Family BBQ
At the end of August, all new students will be invited to the Elmgreen Summer School. Here students will undertake sessions in sports, drama, English and Maths preparing them for life at the school. Sessions will run from 10.30am -13.30pm with lunch being provided. It is an excellent opportunity to meet students and staff before the formal start of the academic year. At the end of the Summer School all families are invited to a family BBQ.
Getting it right
We invest heavily in the transition programme because we understand how important it is to get it right for each child. By spending the time we do, the vast majority of our students start Year 7 in September without any concerns and, in our recent survey of new parents, 100% of responses stated they were very happy with the transition process at the school.
If you would like further information about the school’s transition process, please contact Mrs A Moran (Assistant Headteacher, Key Stage 3) or Mr D Thomas (Head of Year 7).